By John Adams
August 12, 2003, marks the two hundredth anniversary of the start of Sir James Douglas. even supposing he performed an crucial position in British Columbia's heritage, in lots of methods Douglas continues to be misunderstood and an enigma. he's identified for his contradictory qualities—he used to be self-serving, racist, an army hawk, occasionally violent and conceited. but he was once additionally tremendous group orientated, a humanitarian, courageous and a loyal relations member.
John Adam's bestseller Old Square-Toes and His woman: The lifetime of James and Amelia Douglas serves as a major resource of data relating to Douglas's private and non-private lives. As Adams writes, [the time period] outdated square-toes characterizes him as an unbending, stodgy, dull person, yet not anything may be farther from the truth.
At the top of his profession, Douglas was once knighted by means of order of Queen Victoria. contemplating his modest, mixed-race beginnings in South the USA, his lofty prestige is, certainly, extraordinary. both so is the lifetime of his spouse, Amelia. She was once additionally of combined blood, her mom being Cree and her father Irish. yet not like Douglas, who used to be knowledgeable in Scotland, she by no means left the northern forests till they married. Their finishing up as a knight and woman of the British Empire was once an strange achievement.
Old Square-Toes discusses the Douglases' diversified stories of stunning contrasts, from crossing North the United States via canoe to traveling Europe through educate, from local uprisings to the frantic gold rush. in addition to discovering glory, additionally they confronted grief in wasting seven in their liked childrens. this can be a tale of the journey, heartbreak, and devotion that lies on the roots of western Canada.
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